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In place of the American show's ceaseless adrenaline rush, "Dark" offers a hushed, brittle artiness that will be familiar to fans of the French ghost story "The Returned" or the British-French thriller "The Missing."
Following the instantaneous success brought by the debut season of "Mindhunter" and the masterful season two of "Stranger Things," the streaming gargantuan is back at it again with their most morose and twisted series to date.
It's beautiful, mysterious, and a little bit maddening, and you'd want to take in every little second of the show even if it wasn't in German with English subtitles, because every aspect of it matters.
The producers of Dark have welcomed the Stranger Things comparison largely as a selling point, but the series pretty quickly establishes its own distinctive rhythms, while planting the seeds of an ambitious, densely woven mystery.
While that might sound frustrating, the thicket of story lines is so intricate that there's no time to get annoyed when one piece of information takes a while to reveal itself. There are too many other elements of the puzzle to continue trying to sort out
While the sci-fi details of Stranger Things ramp up the entertainment value of the series - "Wow, that tween just threw a whole van into the air with her mind!" - Dark uses time travel to help it interrogate the big questions of the world.
There aren't many missteps in Dark. The super slo-motion anguished screams of Ulrich look as if they were copy-and-pasted from a daytime soap, but everything else is tuned into the show's dense and foreboding frequency.